Kevin Williams, Ph.D.

Kevin Williams, Ph.D.Vice Provost and Dean for Graduate Education;
Professor of Psychology

Dr. Kevin Williams is Professor of Psychology and Vice Provost and Dean for Graduate Education at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He joined the faculty of University in 1987 and prior to his current role as Dean served as Chair of Psychology, Graduate Director, Undergraduate Director, and Head of the Ph.D. programs in Industrial/Organizational and Social Psychology.

Dr. Williams’ research and teaching interests focus on the application of psychology to organizational settings. His major areas of research are (1) human motivation and performance, where he studies the self-regulatory processes that guide goal strivings and goal revision over time; (2) employee assessment and appraisal, where his work seeks to identify best practices for assessing and evaluating employee aptitude and performance; and (3) the psychology of security, where his recent work examines behavioral decision processes related to information security. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, proceedings papers, and book chapters. His research appears in such journals as Journal of Applied Psychology; Human Performance; Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes; Academy of Management Journal; Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

In 2007, he received the President’s and Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2014 was named a Collin’s Fellow by the University. Dr. Williams received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of South Carolina in 1984.